Sex accused teacher faces domestic abuse claims

Derek Curran has been accused of domestic abuse. Picture: Julie Bull
Derek Curran has been accused of domestic abuse. Picture: Julie Bull
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A HEADTEACHER suspended amid claims of sexual impropriety with a female student is now facing a police investigation for alleged domestic abuse.

Derek Curran was removed from his post at Castlebrae High School, Craigmillar, after claims of sexual misconduct emerged last month.

Now he faces allegations of domestic abuse which it is understood have been made by two women.

Police have confirmed they are conducting an “ongoing investigation”.

Mr Curran was dubbed a “super head” when he was drafted into Castlebrae from Forrester High last year in a bid to boost the school’s fortunes. But he was suspended at the beginning of last month as a “precautionary measure” while education bosses ­investigated claims of sexual impropriety with a student.

Police then confirmed they had launched an investigation into the allegations against Mr Curran.

He has not been charged with any offence.

The Evening News revealed that officers had been told Mr Curran had fathered a love child with the student.

The woman, now in her 20s, claimed that she had had an affair with Mr Curran which spanned several years.

She claimed that she became pregnant during the relationship and that a subsequent paternity test showed Mr Curran was the father. The woman – who is raising the toddler – was not attending the same school where Mr Curran was teaching at the time of the alleged sexual impropriety.

It is understood the baby was born after her 18th birthday.

Mr Curran was at Castlebrae for a large chunk of the 1980s, before becoming headteacher at Forrester High for six years.

He was then parachuted into Castlebrae again last year to reverse the fortunes of an ailing school that faced closure amid poor exam results and falling rolls.

He introduced a raft of measures to help give the school a boost, including a £30,000 investment to ensure pupils were the first in Edinburgh to be given mini iPads on a whole school basis. Just before the end of term, education chiefs announced a new headteacher had been appointed to lead Castlebrae High.

Norma Prentice, the headteacher at Drummond Community High, will take up the post for the 2014-15 session when pupils and staff return from their summer holidays.

She will take over from Grace Vickers, who was installed as acting head immediately after Mr Curran’s suspension.

The council said Mr Curran had agreed to end his secondment so a long-term leadership solution could be found for the school.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Following a report of domestic abuse, police in Edinburgh are currently following a positive line of inquiry.”